Photographer's Note

Ummayad Mosque in Damascus. Fantastic place! Built on the place where from 9th century BC first aramaic gods were worshipped, then Jupiter, then Christ, then Allah. Islam's third sacred place in importance after Mecca and Medina. And yet it looks rather like some social club, than a place of worship. Some people do come here to pray like these three, but others seem to enjoy tender winter sun in the big court-yard, or a book in a cool corner of this huge building. Children climb on some old bif-wheeled cart while their mothers chat nearby. And there is certain aura about this place. If I lived in Damascus, I would come here everyday.

By the way, there is no prohibition to take pictures inside this mosque.

I had no tripod or monopod, so wide aperture and high ISO were used. Canon 50 1.8 proved to be perfect lens for such conditions, though not wide enough.

Cropped, converted to BW and resized.

Thanks for your critiques.

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Additional Photos by Dmitry Aleksandrov (mikhalych) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 73 N: 191] (1319)
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